Easy Crown Roast of Pork Recipe

Crown roast of pork is both elegant and easy, making it a perfect entrée for your next dinner party.

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Roast Rack of Pork, 2 Ways

A moist and flavorful crown roast of pork makes an impressive holiday centerpiece. It's also the best pork option for those who prefer their pork a little leaner and who like meat with a distinct chew and texture.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 3 hrs
Serves: 12 to 30 servings

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  • One 6- to 10-pound (2.7- to 4.5kg) crown roast of pork (12 to 20 chops; see notes)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 250°F and adjust oven rack to center position. Season pork roast liberally with salt and pepper and place on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to oven and roast until internal temperature reaches 140°F, about 2 hours. Remove from oven and tent with foil for at least 15 minutes and up to 45 minutes. Meanwhile, increase oven temperature to 500°F. Return roast to oven and cook until crisp and browned on the exterior, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, tent with foil, allow to rest for 15 minutes, then carve by slicing in between each rib and serve.

Special equipment

Wire rack, rimmed baking sheet, instant-read thermometer


Ask your butcher for your crown roast at least a day or two in advance to make sure they can order it and prepare it. Aim for around 1 1/2 chops per person, or 2 chops per person if you want leftovers. Other aromatics, like minced garlic or chopped herbs, can be added along with the salt and pepper if desired. To prevent the ends of the ribs from burning, if desired, cap each with a piece of aluminum foil.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
237 Calories
13g Fat
0g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 30
Amount per serving
Calories 237
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 283mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 390mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)